Sunday, May 27, 2018
Health

North Pinellas Health Notes for July 14.

Health notes

For a wet and wild good time, treat the little ones to a safe, fun way to exercise while beating the summer heat at Itty Bitty Splashtime every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 17 at the Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo.

From 9:35 to 10:35 a.m., parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger play in the cool waters of the pool's splash area, enjoying the slides, sprays, zero-depth pool area and more.

Children not potty-trained must wear a plastic swim diaper under their bathing suit.

Cost is $1.50 per person. Mom's clubs are welcome.

For more information, call (727) 518-3018. largo.com/eGov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=10667

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All ages are invited to strive for their personal best by participating in the Sunsets at Pier 60 Beach Race Series presented by the West Florida Y Runners Club and featuring a 5K race at 7 p.m. and a 1-mile kid's fun run at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

The races start and finish at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.

Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $15 (without race shirt) and $20 (with race shirt). The final race in the series will be run Aug. 2.

Call (727) 462-6466 or visit clearwaterbeachrun.com/index.html.

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Early risers can take part in a free 25- to 30-mile bicycle ride on the northern section of the Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and back, beginning at 7:30 a.m. today. Meet in Dunedin at the Old Train Depot parking lot, 349 Main St.

Helmets are mandatory and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 14 mph.

Call (813) 236-8119.

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For optimum health, exercise is important at every age. Limited mobility is no longer a barrier.

A low-impact exercise class designed for seniors focuses on strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. It is offered at 9 a.m. Monday at Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.

Participants may choose to sit in chairs throughout the class.

Cost is $4, $3 with rec card.

Call (727) 298-3299.

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Obesity isn't just about pants size or a number on the scale. Heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and a host of other serious health problems can result from carrying too much weight.

Family medicine specialist Dr. Christina Franco will discuss how obesity can impact a person's health and suggest healthy weight loss alternatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

Visit BayCareEvents.org.

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Just in time for the upcoming school year, children ages 6 months to 19 years will be able to get immunizations; school physicals; sports cardiovascular screenings; dental, hearing, vision and scoliosis exams; safety information; a hot dog lunch and other goodies at a free children's health fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

During the event, Morton Plant Mease will provide electrocardiograms for student athletes. Remember to bring your child's immunization record with you.

No reservation is needed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The event is managed by the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City and the city of Clearwater, with the assistance of other local service groups, including Kiwanis clubs, Civitan, AMBUCS, Zonta and Sertoma.

For information, call (727) 725-7549.

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Morton Plant Mease's Cancer Patient Support Services offers cancer patients and their families a new creative arts program, "The Art of Well-Being," at 6 p.m. Thursday at Morton Plant Hospital's Axelrod Pavilion, 400 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

The program focuses on the connection between creativity and health. It utilizes a person's creative side to impact healing and recovery. Rotating monthly activities will include painting, journaling, poetry, music and movement.

Participation is free, but registration is required.

Call (727) 953-9038.

Mail health news to Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite 100 A, Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 441-4119; or email [email protected]

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